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Tuesday, 21 May 1985
Page: 2240


Senator BUTTON (Minister for Industry, Technology and Commerce)(4.41) —I move:

That the Bill be now read a second time.

I seek leave to incorporate the second reading speech in Hansard.

Leave granted.

The speech read as follows-

This Bill seeks interim appropriations to meet expenditure by the Parliamentary Departments during the period 1 July 1985 to 30 November 1985. They total some $19.5m which is $2.3m or about 13.4 per cent greater than the amount provided for the same functions in the Supply period 1984-85. An increase is necessary to maintain the on-going operations of the Parliament, and to meet unavoidable salary and other cost increases arising partly from the increased numbers of members and senators. However, the appropriations reflect the need for maximum restraint in all areas of public expenditure in 1985-86. I commend this Bill to the Senate.

Debate (on motion by Senator Sheil) adjourned.